(Windell Clarence) Bishop pled guilty to one charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and three charges of deadly conduct. With his admission of guilt, Bishop was sentenced to the 10 years of deferred adjudication probation for his crimes.This is how we do things in Texas. You can drive to someone else's home and shoot them yet still walk out of the jail.
The original terms of Bishop's probation prevented him from purchasing any more firearms or ammo, but allowed him to keep the guns and ammo he already possessed.
According to the Bowie County Adult Probation Office, during the 10 years of his probation Bishop is allowed to possess the firearms that he already owned and use them for hunting purposes, but is not allowed to purchase any new ones. It is also stipulated in the terms of his judgment that he is not allowed to purchase any ammunition of any kind.That's the Texas way, admit you shot someone at their home and go back to your home and life while keeping your firearms.
(The victim, Malta school teacher Susan Pickle who was left struggling for life with gunshot wounds in the chest and abdomen after being shot through the door of her home,) did have the opportunity to read a victim’s statement directly to Bishop in the courtroom and tell the man who has now admitted that he shot her through the door of her home what he had put her through and the pain he had caused her, her husband, her children and the rest of her friends and family.
DeKalb Police Chief Shawne Walraven said “I am absolutely happy that he plead guilty. I think it is a great thing. I told Susan, now he has admitted it and you can have the closure you needed. It is a big deal for the victim to hear the words “I’m guilty” and to be able to move on.
After the issue of the probation terms were brought up in the August 22 Bowie County Tribune article by a real reporter the terms of probation were changed.
The terms of Bishop’s probation now state that he cannot possess any form of firearm or ammunition of any kind.